It’s official! AVS Drama Club staged its first Shakespearean production, led by the fearless drama teachers, Sarah Kronisch and Katie McGee. The cast performed in the round, with parents circling the tiny stage. Actors flew into the space from the aisles in all directions and delivered a cleverly-staged abridgement of Shakespeare’s mischievous play full of fairies, magic and mistaken identity. It would be impossible to give kudos to everyone individually. Suffice it to say, the students thrilled everyone with a very fine performance.
Kudos to – Hermia, Lysander, Helena, Demetrius, Theseus, Hippolyta, Egeus, Philostrate, Oberon, Titania, Puck, Bottom, Peter Quince, Tom Snout, Snug the Joiner, Robin Starveling the Tailor, Lords and attendants…and the fairies, oh the fairies! Peasblossom, Cobweb, Mustardseed and the rest of the fairy band. They danced and giggled and kept the story moving along with wings a-fluttering.
This was not “Shakespeare-light.” Check out just a small sampling of the language these kids memorized:
My mistress with a monster is in love.
A crew of patches, rude mechanicals,
Were met together to rehearse a play,
The shallowest thickskin of that barren sort,
A donkey’s nole I fixed on his head:
So, at his sight, away his fellows fly;
When in that moment – so it came to pass –
Titania waked, and straightway loved a donkey!
And love-sick Hermia: (Evelyn)
O me! – you juggler! You canker-blossom!
You thief of love! What, have you come by night
And stol’n my love’s heart from him?
And Helena: (Mia)
O weary night, O long and tedious night,
Sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye.
Steal me awhile from mine own company.
And tricked Titania, in love with a donkey: (Kokwe)
Come, sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
While I thy amiable cheeks do coy,
And stick musk-roses in thy sleek smooth head,
And kiss thy fair large ears, my gentle joy.
And Oberon: (Adi)
May all to Athens back again repair,
And think no more of this night’s accidents,
But as the fierce vexation of a dream.
But first I will release the fairy queen.
Be thou wast wont to be;
See as thou wast wont to see:
Now, my Titania: wake you, my sweet queen.
I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream –
Past the wit of man to say what dream it was: man
Is but an ass, if he go about to expound this dream…